The Sunday Leader

Bargaining

Collective bargaining only looked at equity issues from the point of view of labour, an official said.
Employers Federation of Ceylon (E.F.C.) Director General Ravi Peiris speaking at a function in Colombo recently said that some of the features of collective bargaining were equal increases to all irrespective of performance; division of enterprise profit with shareholders’ becoming secondary; adversarial attitude and unfair demands, with demands starting from nothing less than a 50% wage hike.
Peiris however said that other than the plantation sector, other sectors have moved over to enterprise based bargaining as opposed to industry based bargaining.
Productivity linked wage increases were more focused on employer requirements.
A major breakthrough in the 2009 collective agreement with plantation sector trade unions was a Rs 30 incentive linked to productivity.

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